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pipistrelle

[pip-uh-strel, pip-uh-strel] /ˌpɪp əˈstrɛl, ˈpɪp əˌstrɛl/
noun
1.
any of numerous insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, especially P. pipistrellus of Europe and Asia.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French < Italian pipistrello, variant of vipistrelloLatin vespertīliōn- (stem ofvespertīliō) bat. See vespertilionine
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pipistrelle

/ˌpɪpɪˈstrɛl/
noun
1.
any of numerous small brownish insectivorous bats of the genus Pipistrellus, occurring in most parts of the world: family Vespertilionidae
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian pipistrello, from Latin vespertīliō a bat, from vesper evening, because of its nocturnal habits
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Encyclopedia Article for pipistrelle

any of about 68 species belonging to the vesper bat family (Vespertilionidae). Pipistrelles are found in almost all parts of the world. They are grayish, brown, reddish, or black bats that are about 3.5-10 cm (1.4-4 inches) long, not including the tail, which may be 2.5-6 cm (1-2.4 inches) long.

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